Two months ago pro golfer and San Diego native Phil Mickelson was reportedly on the verge of joining the Padres’ new ownership group as a minority partner, speaking publicly about the situation as if it was all but a done deal, but now he’s apparently decided against it.
“I think to be involved with the Padres you have to be fully committed to the long term,” Mickelson said, via Tod Leonard of the San Diego Union Tribune. “I’ve been born and raised here, but at this moment I’m not able to make that kind of long-term commitment to the city and to the team.”
Mickelson described himself as “really excited” to join the ownership group as recently as October 15, saying that “we understand each other’s concerns and work well together.”
At that time the final minority ownership spot was being held for him as part of an $800 million sale. It’s unclear what changed between then and now, as Mickelson avoided getting into specifics yesterday when addressing the situation.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins say minor league pitcher Yorman Landa has died in Venezuela. He was 22.
The club said in a statement that the Twins are “deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss.” The team did not say how he died.
Landa pitched in the 2016 season with the Fort Meyers Miracle, going 2-2 with 7 saves and a 3.24 ERA in 41 2/3 innings pitched. His career minor-league ERA was 2.66.
Landa had been on the Twins’ 40-man roster, but was dropped after the season. The organization signed him to a minor-league contract last week.
Landa was signed by the Twins in 2010 as a 16-year old from Santa Teresa, Venezuela.
A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.
Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.
For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.